19 May, 13:05
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While Ulster's attentions are set solely on the May 19 showdown at Twickenham, Leinster are looking at a balancing act between their semi-final tie with Glasgow and the biggest game in the professional club calendar.
And although Schmidt admits viewing the two tournaments as different entities is vitally important, he is fully aware that a strong performance and another win at the RDS would be a huge boost prior to the trip to London.
"We'll probably approach Saturday's game in a similar way to last year," said Schmidt, whose side narrowly missed out on the then Magners League crown after picking up a second Heineken Cup in three seasons.
"You've got to get some game time under your belt; you've got some momentum and some rhythm so we'll be looking to get some of that ahead of next week.
"I think fighting on two fronts makes it harder, to be honest. Whenever you're trying to catch two balls at the same time you can get distracted by one target or the other. That does make it a little bit tougher, particularly if you've got a few niggles and a few injuries. I think we're in pretty good health, though.
"But we separate the two competitions. For us, this week is about the PRO12. We need to try and draw a line in the sand, qualify for the PRO12 finals and then next week takes care of itself.
"I think it's been a really positive year for us. It can be as positive as you like, though, but the two games coming up will determine whether it's successful or not."